Hotel Abaco

HappyTrips Editors The style and decor of the living spaces in Hotel Abaco are a lot more classy than what most other budget hotel would offer in the city of Florence. With a central location to boast of, the hotel is set within a 16th-century building, which is just 500 m away from the Santa Maria Novella Station, which provides easy access to most other parts of the city and its major tourist attractions. Besides, the hotel is 400 m from Florence Cathedral and a 10-minute walk away from Ponte Vecchio and the Uffizi Gallery. Although the hotel has just seven rooms, each of these rooms come with a Baroque style decor that is inspired by a different artist, and comes with wood-beamed ceilings, classic-style furniture and colourful bed linen. All the rooms are air-conditioned and feature a TV, and a compact private or shared bathroom. Breakfast is provided to all the guests staying in this and includes traditional Italian coffee and cappuccino and freshly baked croissants.

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Luxury Bedding - Tips on Shopping for the Best Quality Bed Linens
Luxury Bedding - Tips on Shopping for the Best Quality Bed Linens
Buying good quality Bed LinenWe all want to get quality for the money we pay for our bed linen and bedding accessories but how do we know what to look for. Here are some tips to guide you in finding good products for your bed that will be both stylish and long lasting from your on-line store.Thread countWhat is thread count?Thread count relates to the number of threads running horizontally and vertically in one square inch of fabric. You will probably find that most stores have product ranges with thread counts from 180 to 320 and in general the higher the number thread count the better quality product you will be getting. On high thread counts you would feel the difference in the softness of the fabric and it will have a better visual appearance. According to Consumer Reports cotton and fabrics blended with cotton and a thread count of 180 to 200 provide better wear and tear and give more comfort to the owner. Therefore you could pay a little extra for a higher thread count but it will last you much longer and mostly likely stand up to more use than a lower thread count fabrics.Egyptian CottonMany of us have heard of Egyptian cotton and associate this with quality in bedding and clothing, but what does this actually mean? Cotton has been farmed and grown along the Nile in Egypt for a very long time and is a big part of the Egyptian industry. The cotton produced is a long staple cotton which in turn produces the exceptional fine and soft Egyptian cotton fabric. It is used to make very fine linen and luxurious fabrics very often used in bedding and sheeting. The higher percentage (%) Egyptian cotton in the fabric the better quality product you will be getting. Egyptian cotton stands up well to heavy use and washing and should last for many years to come.Design and StyleOften taken for granted when looking for bedding is the design work that has gone into producing the bedding. Look at the styling of the bedding, good manufactures have taken time and attention over the little details to bring you the best in style and comfort. They have used luxurious fabrics such as jacquard, high quality cottons and satins and may have added detail on the bedding such as trims, piped seams, embroidery, or Satin trims and Decorative Stitching. Well design bedding ranges have researched the needs of the consumer, analysing the design trends and requirements from different age groups from children to Adults. They offer you modern styling and traditional, Luxurious to simple and elegant in order to appeal to all ages and needs.That Little extraNow that you understand how to look for good quality bedding you may want to give your bed a new complete look. Good Bedding designs usually offer additionally accessories co-ordinating and matching the bedding set such as bolster or boudoir pillows. It is worthwhile adding finishing touches try looking for bed ruffles, valances or Box covers to ensure you complete your bedding ensemble.
Casa Cusau, Asturias: a Stylish Family Base for Exploring the Rugged Charms of Northern Spain
Casa Cusau, Asturias: a Stylish Family Base for Exploring the Rugged Charms of Northern Spain
There seem to be fewer and fewer places left in Northern Europe which feel off the beaten track and yet still accessible and ripe for adventure.For me the ultimate holiday comprises majestic, rugged mountains sweeping down towards wild, hidden beaches. A place where you can get up and trek along mountain paths in the early morning and then in the afternoon pack your swims and head towards the coast, following tracks you're not entirely sure even head towards the sea until you happen upon surfers, boards on heads, trekking down a cliff path towards a sandy cove. This is northern Spain's Asturias region.Casa Cusau is a restored cattle barn nestled in a mountain hamlet in the Picos de Europa national park.The Picos are nothing short of spectacular - groups of massive sheer cliff faces housing small villages and hamlets and dropping abruptly down towards woodlands, streams and rivers. This is a place for trekkers, birdwatchers and surfers alike as well as those like us on a family trip where you can grab a short hike along a mountain stream with the promise of an icy plunge into clear waters at the end.After work stints abroad, urban planner and architect Olga Ramalle and Marc Funival hung up their globetrotting boots but wanted to find a bolthole away from London. Olga, a native Asturian, hankered to return to her roots and the pair had a feeling that the area, with well-connected flights from London and mainland Europe - could work for them. Both Santander and Asturias airports are just an hour's drive to Casa Cusau.The house:We met Olga and Marc at La Molina village, at the western end of the Cabrales Valley and it was then a two minute drive down the winding mountain road to their hamlet. Originally a stone barn, their two storey holiday house has been lovingly restored and modernised using natural materials from the local area.The couple have created a paired-down, minimalist interior with much thought going into the furniture and layout - the kitchen, dining and living area are upstairs with views out towards the Picos mountains, with a beautiful stone fireplace and small stone terrace to take your morning coffee. A full wine rack stacked with Galician red, Alessi crockery and comfortable bed linen are just a few of the small touches that this generous spirited couple have provided to make this mountain hideaway such a cosy retreat.Where to eat and drink:With both mountains and beaches easily accessible from Casa Cusau, you can afford to indulge in both delicious sea food one day and local mountain meats and cheeses the next. The traditional Asturian dish is fabada, a hearty meat and white bean stew which should be washed down with locally brewed cider drunk "escanciada" (a little poured from height to aerate it and drunk straight away).Las Arenas de Cabrales is the nearest town with a host of tapas bars and small restaurants.For more upmarket cuisine head to Ariondas or Lugar Cruz de Illas where you'll find three Michelin starred restaurants: Casa Marcial, El Corral del Indianu and Koldo Miranda. Along the coast Ribadesella, a pretty seaside town, is a good place to find excellent grilled fish and seafood.From the village of La Molina, Arenas de Cabrales, a 15 minute drive, has a large selection of shops to stock up on provisions and there are weekly markets in the nearby towns of Llanes, Ribadesella, Posada and Nueva.What to do and see:There are numerous hikes and treks ranging from the kid-friendly Casano river walk which takes you alongside the river lined with Chestnut trees (perfect for taking back to roast on the open fire) to a bathing area - to the more challenging circular Andara walk which takes in spectacular mountain views. The Casa Cusau website gives detailed descriptions of walks in the area and you can find maps and guide books at the house.The northern Spanish coastline is beautiful and wild and is a Mecca for surfers in particular the beaches west of Llanes. Mino at Llanes Surf & Adventure is a teacher and a font of knowledge on all the good breaks in the area.How to get there:Casa Cusau is 90 minutes from both Santander (Ryanair has flights one way from £34) and Asturias airports. Bilbao airport is two hours away.DetailsYou can book Casa Cusau through Cool Stays here.From £131 per night.
'girl Power' on Show in London Spice Girls Exhibition ...
'girl Power' on Show in London Spice Girls Exhibition ...
LONDON (Reuters) - From colorful platform boots to bed linen emblazoned with the faces of Posh, Scary, Sporty, Baby and Ginger, an array of Spice Girls memorabilia goes on show in a London exhibition this week dedicated to the famed girl band. Spice Girls fan Alan Smith-Allison has gathered hundreds of the group's stage costumes and pieces of merchandise he has collected since the 1990s and put them on display alongside other items on loan for "SPICEUP", which kicks off on Saturday. On show are "Girl Power" tops, Melanie Brown's animal print outfits and Geri Horner's (then Halliwell) Union Jack platform boots as well as Spice Girl themed biscuit boxes, dolls and crisps packets. "It's so iconic and so colorful and glittery and glamorous and important in music culture that it annoys me when it's all kept in storage boxes in a dark place," Smith-Allison told Reuters. "It needs to be out on show for fans to come and appreciate it and there are millions and millions of Spice Girls fans around the world that would love to see them." The 37-year-old said he became a Spice Girls fan when the group's "Wannabe" debut single stormed the charts in 1996. He began collecting CDs and videos and bought his first Spice Girls costume in 2007 when Melanie Brown, known as Scary Spice, hosted a charity sale. Soon other purchases followed and Smith-Allison, who says he has met three of the five Spice Girls, built up a collection he says has cost him "hundreds of thousands pounds". "(The collection) comes straight from the start, from the beginning, when these five girls came onto the pop music scene with just five incredible personalities, in your face, a lot of fun, a lot of kind of messages that can resonate," he said. The Spice Girls went on to sell more than 80 million records worldwide, winning legions of fans with their catchy tunes and messages of "Girl Power". In 2000 they said would be going on an indefinite break and would focus on their solo careers. Earlier this week, Brown told a television talk show the group had agreed to a reunion, saying: "For sure we are getting back together". They performed together at the 2012 London Olympics and the exhibition has on-loan the red dress Geri wore for that. Smith-Allison says he hopes to one day own all the outfits worn for that performance. "They're my kind of dream now, but I don't think the girls will ever part with them," he said. The exhibition runs in London until Aug. 20 then moves to Manchester.
Bed Bug Outbreaks Hit British Airways Flights
Bed Bug Outbreaks Hit British Airways Flights
A British Airways plane infested with bed bugs was allegedly kept in service despite staff knowing about the problem - a claim the airline denies.The Sun reportsthat staff at the airline logged the issue after the insects were spotted - and passengers bitten - on a flight from the US to Heathrow last week. So serious was the problem that an entire row - 47 - was closed in economy class, the newspaper said.But staff claimed that engineers did not have time to deal with the bugs and bosses decided to keep the aircraft in service. Days later another "severe" infestation was reported on the same Boeing 747 during a flight from Cape Town to Heathrow.British Airways denied that it had allowed the plane to return to the sky after the outbreak was discovered."Whenever any report of bed bugs is received, we launch a thorough investigation and, if appropriate, remove the aircraft from service and use specialist teams to treat it," a spokesman told Telegraph Travel. "The presence of bed bugs is an issue faced occasionally by hotels and airlines all over the world. British Airways operates more than 280,000 flights every year, and reports of bed bugs onboard are extremely rare. Nevertheless, we are vigilant about the issue and continually monitor our aircraft."The aircraft has now been fully disinfected and cleaned. As the name would suggest, the insects are more commonly spotted in bedrooms, and outbreaks sometimes occur in hotels.Last month a couple posted a video showing dozens of bed bugson the mattress in their New York hotel room. The incident left one of the guests covered in bites.And in July two holidaymakers won compensation from Thomas Cook after they suffered severe rashes thanks to a bed bug infestation at a resort in the Dominican Republic.But outbreaks do occasionally occur in the sky. "There are numerous cases of bed bugs being spread on airplanes," according toBed-Bugs.com, which offers extermination services. "Bed bugs can spread through close proximity with fellow travellers as well as their belongings. They also thrive where there is frequent turnover of people. On airplanes, people are in close proximity, are not able to move other than on the plane, and their belongings are required to stay untouched for long periods of time. This is an excellent recipe for bed bug transmittal."In 2011 BA was forced to ground two 747s after a passenger said she was bitten on a flight from Los Angeles to Heathrow. The same woman claimed she was bitten on a separate flight from Bangalore to London a month later and set up a website (since closed) to put pressure on the airline to act. Forums have described sightings on US carriers too - includingAmerican Airlines,UnitedandDelta.Bedbugs are oval, brown, wingless insects measuring around 4-6mm. You rarely see them in the flesh, but can often see traces of where they have been, in the form of brown spots or bloodstains from previous victims.They bite. Bites often occur in groups. Unlike mosquitoes that generally only bite once, bedbugs carry on biting until satisfied. The bites can be intensely itchy but have never been shown to be capable of transmitting any disease.Bedbugs are found world-wide and have increased considerably in distribution since about 1990. They can infest sleeping bags and luggage, so travellers may be inadvertently responsible for moving them around.If you are paranoid about bedbugs, insecticide-treated sleeping bag liners offer good protection. Insecticide-treated mosquito nets can also help. Have a good look around bed linen for any brown marks, and move beds away from walls.Insecticides (such as permethrin) are effective, and suspect sleeping bags and travel clothes should be given a good, high temperature wash.Take antihistamine tablets (not cream) for itchiness - you may also need to apply a strong steroid cream. But there's no risk of catching anything more serious. By Dr Richard Dawood, Telegraph Travel's health expert Telegraph Media Group Limited 2019Need help?Visit our adblocking instructionspage.
Art Garfunkel Opens Up, and What Spills Out Is a Fascinating Mess
Art Garfunkel Opens Up, and What Spills Out Is a Fascinating Mess
The subtitle of Art Garfunkel's new memoir "Notes From an Underground Man," echoes Dostoyevsky's "Notes From Underground" and Richard Wright's story "The Man Who Lived Underground" - both serious works of literature. Garfunkel's book, however, is a splattering of 30-plus years of handwritten thoughts, lists, travel notes, bad poetry, confessions, snarky digs, platitudes and prayers gussied up for publication in different fonts and sizes. Reading it is like rummaging through a huge junk drawer of the mind. You might find something useful. Garfunkel himself seems doubtful of his endeavour: "Maybe my unusual book does communicate." Or maybe it doesn't, which is sad because Garfunkel, the angel-voiced half of Simon and Garfunkel, and a successful solo act, is a talented, educated and seemingly loving man. Unfortunately, the singer - who at age 75 continues to tour - is more successful behind the microphone than he is on the page.Rock memoirs are often full of sex and snark. Garfunkel's is no exception. "Paul [Simon] won the writer's royalties. I got the girls ... Fabulous foxes, slim-hipped, B-cup, little Natalie Woods." His boasting is matched by innuendo. When he and Simon were younger, "We showed each other our versions of masturbations ... (mine used a hand)." Imagine that! When Garfunkel was in George Harrison's "castle ... the space in the turret was tight. George and I were very close. Disturbing? Thrilling?" What are we to make of such declarations? The book is also filled with such gnomic statements as: "You can't discover fuchsia twice." "Morality played to win is a/plate of tin." "My poetry bits are organs. What is the least connective tissue that sets them in a body?"Whether as poetry, or as lines popping up willy-nilly to fill empty space or to display another typeface, sentences like these appear with aggravating frequency. Unfortunately, some of Garfunkel's longer passages are also aggravating. In a poem to his wife, Kathryn, he calls himself her "love pest," the "fungus underneath her nail," "her old bed linen" and "her underwear." Later, in prose, he is "moved to speak of Janice Zwail, the colonics queen. A Chelsea chick, she cleans your colon for cash or check." Here you might be begging for the sound silence. Garfunkel's writing isn't all bad, though it hardly follows a chronology. Dates are often vague or nonexistent. Sometimes his use of pronouns is confusing, and we never get one sustained take on his decades-long and wavering relationship with Paul Simon, though one running joke seems to concern who will speak at the other's funeral, so even dying is a competition. An avid walker, Garfunkel's descriptions of his travels through the United States and abroad sometimes give readers a sense of place, both geographic and psychological. We're moved as he sporadically recollects the difficulties of losing and regaining his voice. In an undated poem he writes that "These days I sing 'Bridge Over Troubled/Water'for a full arena with fear of hernia." Readers might get a better sense of Garfunkel through his long and varied reading lists, which include Montaigne, Edith Wharton and E.L. James. Garfunkel has given several candid media interviews about his struggles with vocal cord damage and made controversial comments about Paul Simon, but here he addresses these subjects fleetingly, obliquely - or not at all. Finally, what can one say of a man who announces that first he was Achilles and now he's Odysseus? For a fan, this might be a forthright assessment. For someone else, it's one more silly pronouncement from a man who's anything but underground.Sibbie O'Sullivan has recently completed a memoir on how the Beatles have influenced her life.Washington Post
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) for Childrens Bed Linen
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) for Childrens Bed Linen
1. Im in the middle of a flea battle and need some advice?There are products available that can be used to treat your house and furniture. I would recommend getting your cat checked by the vet just to make sure there aren't any underlying causes. With regard to the flea treatment you should always use products recommended by your vet rather than shop bought products are these can be less effective. Once your cat has been treated then you must ensure your house has been treated to stop the fleas from living within the environment. Good luck!------2. Is there something in my closet?SOUNDS LIKE A GAY GHOST IN YOUR CLOSET Closeted ghosts in addition to the spiritual not coming out have been the subject of homosexual supernatural phenomenon. Generally not openly discussed, the paranormal investigations dealing with these same issues (Sunbright Manor Investigation) have found that ghosts who remain closeted are usually not satisfied in their afterlife relationships as further research is still needed to rule out all possible heterosexual causes but this one seems really gay.------3. which is the most criative wedding that you went?My Brother and sister in law were married last year. For their engagement party the place they had planned went out of business. So a friend recommended an exotic tropical wood furniture store that let people use it for parties. It was quite fun and provided a different atmosphere to have the party in------4. Please give me ANY helpful tips on home organization?I use one of those plastic bill sorter containers for my bills and mail to keep it getting cluttered on my desk or my counters. Ive also read about easy quick ways to keep clutter from gathering into piles during the day - my favorite is keep a nice-sized basket in the room thats lived in the most, each time you see something laying around place it in the basket then before bed or when cleaning empty the basket and tuck all of its contents where they belong!------5. How important that we use a fabric softener sheets in doing laundry?ive heard people say its just a con and waste of money but seriously you can really tell the difference to clothes that have been fabric conditioned to them that havent. use the liquid stuff that you use in the washing machines last rinse cycle because it infuses into the clothes and you get better softening and better smell. also by using dryer sheets it can block up the lint trap and could start a fire.------6. A flux of "father" poems today, may I share mine again?I expressed my disgust the first time I read this -he should have been led off in handcuffs rather than honored. My father was the opposite -a man who spent his military service instructing recruits on the firing range and never setting foot on a battlefield, but a hero of a father who loved his children and did everything for their benefit------7. If a baby died while in the womb...?In the medieval times the mother would have probably died if she had not miscarried. Unfortunately sometimes there is no miscarriage and the mother dies from the consequences, I will let you imagine, because giving details would gross you out. Thank god for modern medicine. Those were hard times and people would die from infection up until the 20th century and the discovery of penicillin, or would die from an acute appendicitis. People with bad fractures would end up with diformities. And basically everyone had scarred from the small pox.------8. I just moved to Dallas TX. What are some family oriented things to do here?define outskirts. all of us in California commutes, so our definitions may be different than yours. look into the Redlands or Loma Linda. you additionally can elect to look into the Palm Springs area. it somewhat is a significant strengthen midsection precise now, and has quite some activity openings. Banning and Beaumont are outdoors the city and not a foul trip, yet no longer the finest factors of California------9. Is this studio lighting kit...?sounds expensive. I think you need to do more research on what type of lighting you will be needing. What type of pictures do you think you will be taking? etc. If you are doing hobby photography just shoot outside early in the morning or right before the sun goes out; that is essentially the ideal light photographers try to acheive with artificial lighting------10. What names do you find really awful and do you associate them with a different era?Lol dont forget The awful names Celebrities give their kids like Phineas and Galapagos and Unicornia and all kinds of overly exaggerated names like that they forget these kids have to grow up with these names at first i thought Suri was a terrible nome but now it seems pretty damn normal next to Guggi and Zowie and Destry what are these people thinking????------11. Did you ever eat a meal at a soup kitchen?I actually have met many people who have eaten there and i have joined them in eating there and i donate my time and money to the kitchen for the church to participate in more events of helping the homeless and less fortunate. I realize there are a lot of people out there who do not have money to have nice homes with sufficient clothing and heat for the winter months so my time and contributions can help them out to some extent------12. My three months old has reflux - HELP!!!?Reflux occurs when the lower esophageal sphincter (LES), which separates the esophagus and stomach, does not close properly and/or is weak.This allows gastric contents to flow into the esophagus, causing a burning sensation in the chest or throat called heartburn. In other cases, gastric contents may be refluxed all the way up into the mouth before they are swallowed again. When stomach acid can be tasted in the back of the mouth, it is called acid indigestion. I have attached some links that should help you Good Luck------13. Is Jesus Commanding that Children be killed in Revelation 2:22-23?A female influence may have been trying to manipulate husbands and elders. It seems that the elders in Thyatira were tolerating an immodest Jezebel influence. Jesus allowed Jezebel and her children (those who follow her immodest conduct)time to repent, but they persisted in their immoral ways. There is a powerful message here for Christians today. Those who imitate Jezebel, whether men or women, and thus become her children by violating Bible principles on headship and morality or by being headstrong so as to ignore theocratic order, are spiritually in a dangerously sick condition------14. Christians, How Can I Maintain A Relationship With God?Your mother works on Sundays? Are there no other scheduled times for worship, no other times for study groups or other churches and other days of the week? I am certain God will accept your offering of worship in any building and any denomination at any time, though Sunday is the designated day for worship. Help your mother------15. Sending save the date pretty far in advance, how soon to start registry?We registered right after sending save the dates since people started asking after they got the save the dates. We mailed ours out 12 months in advance because our wedding is in another state. We registered at Macy's, Bed Bath and Beyond, and Amazon, Amazon is pretty awesome because they have EVERYTHING, and most of it is priced really reasonably.------16. I need help writtng a prayer for my daughter. Any ideas?JESUS, the one true God and only savior. Help us and our children find an Apostolic Pentecostal Church that we may repent, be baptized in Jesus name for the remission of sins and receive the Holy Ghost just like the three thousand plus on the Day of Pentecost. Send revival to set the world free from pagan Catholicism and break the spiritual stronghold of Laodicea off North America. In Jesus name.------17. Un site internet sur le recyclage en France?de plus en plus de villes organisent des collectes de dechets separs: d un cote les ordures menageres de l autre les dechets recyclables:plastique papier carton boites de conserves .pour les objets en verre il y a des points de collecte en ville.pour les piles ce sont les commerces qui ont des points de collecte et pour les dechets encombrants (electromenager vieux meubles)il faut les emmener dans une dechetterie de meme que les dechets "verts"(qui viennent du jardin).------18. I have a 2 month old who has eczema. Does that for sure mean she has food allergies?skin conditions and allergies are not neccisarily linked. eczema is treated with creams and is not caused by eating foods, perhaps contact but that would be considered contact dermatitis. food allergies will show up as you start to introduce foods individually to your baby to make sure they do not have an allergy. hives would be indicative of a food allergy. food allergies may show up at any point in a persons life even if they have had that food many times before------19. How can you keep MRSA from coming back?MRSA stands for methicillin resistant staphylococcus aureus, which means its a staph infection that normal antibiotics cannot kill, there are a few powerful antibiotics out there that can kill mrsa they have side effects , you need to see a doctor, the other thougtht is to keep her out of the hospital, hospitals are known to have mrsa also known as nosocomial infections------20. What is a natural way to get rid of crabs ?You should follow the method "Pregnancy Miracle" ( available in electronic format at ) It's a clinically proven holistic system for permanently reversing your infertility and your partner's infertility disorders and getting pregnant quickly, naturally and safely within 2 months without drugs, dangerous surgeries, side effects, or expensive infertility treatments. It worked for me, me and my hubby were struggling for years and this book changed our lives. We now have a 1 year old beautiful daughter and we feel like the happiest people that ever walked the earth.------21. Can't even ATHEISTS agree that women should strive to be like Proverbs 31?This description, if you read it carefully, has more to do with fulfilling the particular idiocyncratic pleasures and personal opinions of the individual she married rather than about living up to her potential as a good person. In other words, it measures the worth of the woman by what her husband thinks of her, which makes it archaic sexist drivel------22. How can I declutter my home and keep it tidy?Make sure all the things you have you really do need or even use. See if your city has something like a human resource building that will help with income support for now. For now you really need good proper storage. Maximize your space by making storage upwards. Wall unit like shelves/box cuboards, storage tubs. Its all about giving everything its own spot.------23. Which race is thought to get head lice the most- black or white? and explain your answer please.?It has nothing to do with the race. It is more with the personal hygiene. Such as frequency to take bath shampooing or cleaning hairs. May be white people live in temperate climate and take bath either very hurriedly or less frequently while the blacks if living in tropics due to hot weather take bath more frequently. Oiling the hairs has no relation. The most important thing is that you come in contact with another guy infested with lice.------24. Bad acne problem question ?acne is an INFECTION, a bacterial infection. u go to a doctor called dermatologist and the doctor will prescribe u either a course of antibiotics, or cream or retinol pills. overcounter creams and scrabs will not help u at all. u need prescription drugs. to my children helps cream called epiduo much better than antibiotics or retinol. also washing face regularly and changing your bed linen (especially pillow cases) is essential------25. Son had pink eye, now I do what precautions besides handwashing can I take?You will have to wash his sheets and pillow cases as well. You may want to replace the pillows. You need to wash all surfaces he touches and make sure he washes his hands after using the toilet or touching his diaper area as some bacteria from this area can cause conjunctivitis as well------26. 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Seven Designers Repurpose Luxury Hotel Bed Linens for Eco Fashion Week (with Video)
Seven Designers Repurpose Luxury Hotel Bed Linens for Eco Fashion Week (with Video)
Eco Fashion WeekApril 19-24, ecofashion-week.comWhen it comes Eco Fashion Week 2015, it's really about making the thread count.Swooping up bundles of pre-loved bed linen from the Fairmont Waterfront Hotel for a new feature in 2015, seven local designers have cut, stitched and dyed a flurry of stylish kimonos for the Waterfront Kimono Contest.Myriam Laroche, EFW's founder and president, admits she is still surprised by the sheen produced by the discarded fabric's 250-thread-count (over a square inch, that's the number of threads woven together), 70 per cent cotton and 30 per cent polyester blend."It's not silk, but they (the kimonos) look so shiny and chic," she says. "I had no expectations, but it's remarkable to think they were made out of sheets and are so much softer, and drape so much better than I thought possible. Each one looks completely unique."In shades of coral, green and lilac (thanks to Tintex dyeing company), designers Anna Talbot, Bianca Barr, Sharon Zhang, Lexi Soukoreff (dying) with Glencora Twigg (construction), My-Linh Tran, Jasmin Dhillon and Jules Francisco whipped up the creative designs using two flat sheets and two pillowcases, with some also working in leather and gold foil accents.The kimonos are on show at the Pacific Centre until April 24, and winners of three cash prizes will be selected by public vote.Riffing on a strong Japanese influence in the fashion world (and citing Angelina Jolie's movie, Unbroken, as influential), Laroche feels the parade of kimonos is de rigueur.It is also a far more fashionable end for some of the 1,500 sheets that are usually either repurposed as rags and furniture covers or donated to local shelters every year, says Kristyna Vogel, marketing and public relations manager of the Fairmont Waterfront Hotel.Bed linens are retired after a life of around two years."The majority of our discards no longer meet our luxury expectation but are still very usable," says Vogel, adding that the hotel hopes to make the competition an annual event.It's just the kind of innovative approach to reusing material that EFW hopes to drum up in the province.Now in its fifth year, EFW is continuing to build on the success of past collaborations with Holt Renfrew, bringing major companies like the Fairmont into the eco-fashion debate.The 2015 event will also see a return of H & M, with the B.C. launch of its Spring Summer 2015 Conscious Exclusive Collection, which will highlight the seven eco commitments made by the Swedish fashion behemoth, explains Laroche."We're all about making people aware of the waste and inspiring them to do something about it," says the Quebec-born Vancouver resident."We've all been stuck in our ways of doing things for years so it's time to think about changing. We want to make it easy for the industry to be more responsible."Along with local (Jason Matlo and Couture Therapy among others) and international creators (Croatia's Murva and Tuschimo from Germany), California's urban-chic passport2freedom will be one of the designers to hit the runway during the event.Hanne Fellers, who founded the line in 2011, is bringing the Long Beach collection to Vancouver for a "fun, lighthearted and energetic" showcase.The non-profit, which spreads awareness about human trafficking and runs educational and recycling programs for children and families living in the favela slums of Rio de Janeiro, designs apparel as a reaction to the standard tees with a graphic or message that most organizations produced to represent their causes."I was like, 'oh man, I like the logos and what they are doing, but I would never wear that shirt unless I'm just jogging'," Fellers says."So the idea was ... why don't we create something that I would want to wear and I can dress up or down in it just hanging with friends or going to a nice event? I wanted to rock the pieces."In the complex world of garment materials, Fellers explains they use modal (a "soft" sustainable cellulose fibre made from high-yielding beech trees) for their manufacturing in Indonesia and the U.S.Beyond it being "a cool opportunity to show our urban clothes" including a new line of T shirts and pants, she explains heading up here is the perfect way to link in with like-minded folk."If you're part of the eco movement, you're conscious and (have a) far from the normal 'I have a passion for fashion,' type of approach," says Fellers."For us, it's all about being inspired - that's the fuel to keep going with our work, whereby we can focus on the good, and that there's hope."Alongside EFW's long-running campaign to have designers upcycle from 68 pounds of material (the amount thrown away by a single North American every year) as well as eco-fashion films at Vancity, it seems like awareness about the textile industry is catching on.As the Fairmont's Vogel says: "I'm unable to look at clothing the same way - I just don't want to see any fabric going into the garbage."Featuring the seven eco commitments made by the Swedish fashion behemothSunday From 7 p.m., | The Fairmont WaterfrontSixty-eight pounds is the amount of clothing thrown away by each North American every year, presented by Value VillageMonday, from 5:30 p.m. | The Fairmont WaterfrontDesigned by Vancouver architect Michael Green, the runway will showcase designers from B.C. including Jason Matlo, Born Again Vintage, and Couture Therapy as well as California (passport2freedom), Croatia (Murva) and Germany (Tuschimo).Tuesday, from 4:30 p.m. | The Fairmont WaterfrontCo-hosted by Metro VancouverWednesday, from 8:30 a.m. | The Fairmont WaterfrontCo-presented with Vancouver International Film Festival, screenings of films Traceable and Hand Made with Love in France. 6 p.m. Traceable screening; 7:10 p.m. panel discussion on fair labour; 8 p.m. reception; 9 p.m. Hand Made with Love in France screening.April 24, from 5 p.m. | VIFF Vancity Theatre
Australian Lexicon Can Leave You a Few Roos Loose - Reuters
Australian Lexicon Can Leave You a Few Roos Loose - Reuters
SYDNEY (Reuters) - Summer in Australia wouldn't be complete without a trip to one of the country's famed beaches. Take your togs or cossies, your esky packed with amber fluid and maybe a dog's eye for a snack. Bend the elbow too much? Stop off for a long black, a short black or a flat white to make sure you don't end up a few kangaroos (roos) loose in the top paddock. Translation: Take your swimwear and cooler box full of beer and a meat pie to eat. A bit too much to drink? Have a small or large black espresso coffee or a white coffee to make sure you are fully compos mentis when you get home. Welcome to the Australian vocabulary. Beyond the stereotyped "G'day" (hello) of souvenir T-shirts and "Crocodile Dundee" movies, are many words rich in tradition that define the Australian identity and give continuity to the variety of voices and experiences that shaped the country's history. As a tourist they are fun to hear, but you'll need to learn them if you plan to call Down Under home. Under planned new citizenship tests designed by the government to bind a nation of immigrants to common values, would-be Australians will have to demonstrate they know the meaning of mateship, having a go and dinkum. Symbolizing the resourceful comradeship at the heart of Australians' self-image, mateship is a close bond of friendship, having a go means a willingness to try anything, while dinkum means genuine or true. Assuming you pass the tests and move to Australia, you'll probably find yourself flat out like a lizard drinking, that's extremely busy, from the hard yakka or labor of your new job. If you get time for a beach picnic try not to let the heat and beer make you chunder or vomit in the dunny, that's toilet. If one word can perhaps symbolize the development of the Australian vocabulary, it could be chunder. Legend has it that the word hails from the time of the British ships that transported convicts to the new colony of Australia. It was a 12-month trip on stormy seas - a prescription for sea sickness. The convicts were housed in bunk-like beds, where they generally ended up when feeling ill. Anyone on the top bunk who was about to vomit would yell "watch out under" to warn inhabitants of the lower bunks of the impending delivery. As with most Australian slang, the original phrase got shortened over time, and watch out under became chunder - or so the story goes. Setting up home in Australia will require a stop at a manchester shop. Manchester is what the locals call bed linen, because Manchester, the northern British industrial city and one-time center of the cotton spinning industry, was the main source of bedding for Australia's early settlers. They'll also sell you a doona - a bed quilt usually filled with feathers and called a duvet in other countries. If you want it delivered, you'll get a docket (receipt) to show the driver. If you're hungry after shopping, pick up a lamington - a square cake made of sponge rolled in chocolate and sprinkled with coconut, supposedly named after Charles Baillie, 2nd Baron Lamington and governor of Queensland state from 1896 to 1901. The cake may have originally been made either in an image of the baron's favored hats, or as a way of using up left-over stale sponge. Either way, it's said the baron hated them. Or try an Anzac biscuit, named after the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZACS) who fought in the First World War and whose grit, courage and consummate mateship are imprinted on the national consciousness. A hard biscuit typically of oatmeal and coconut with syrup or treacle, some say it was made by women at home to send to soldiers on the killing fields of France and Gallipoli in Turkey. Others say the name did not appear until after the war. Sweets or candies are called lollies in Australia, and they don't have to be iced, as the word would mean in Britain. Of course it's not all sweetness in any country. In Australia you'll want to avoid a stoush, that's a fight but with the 'ou' pronounced as in 'ouch', with a larrikin or troublemaker, where you might suffer a Larry Dooley or a beating, derived in part from the name of a boxer famous a century ago. And watch out for rorts, that's frauds or con tricks. Unless of course it's only a furphy - a rumor. This word is derived from World War One battlefields where rumors traveled with the carts bringing water to the soldiers in the trenches. The carts were made by the Australian company Furphy.
Antique Bed Linens - Choosing the Right Size Antique Linen Sheets, Coverlets & Bedspreads
Antique Bed Linens - Choosing the Right Size Antique Linen Sheets, Coverlets & Bedspreads
Buying the Right Size Antique or Vintage BeddingLinen sheets, coverlets or bedspreadsOne of the advantages of buying antique bed linen is often the quality of antique bedding is higher than the equivalent priced modern linens. How else can you find such a wide selection of affordable & unique hand sewn bed linensThe difficulty shopping online is that antique bed linens are not marked with bed sizes like modern linens. Don't worry, it's very simple to work out, there's just a few questions to answer.What Size is Your BedStandard Bed SizesCredit: Skeffling Lavender FarmHow thick is your mattress Recommendations for sheet comfort areAdequate length to tuck in at least 8-12" underneath the end of the bed.Adequate width to give 10-15" extra per side for sheets to cover you or tuck under the mattress. What size bed sheets do you need Correct Sheet Width = Width of Mattress Top 20-30"Correct Sheet Length = Length of Mattress Top Mattress Thickness 8-12"If in any doubt, measure one of your own top sheets you are comfortable with and keep the dimensions on a sticky note close on your computer monitor for online shopping.Table for Choosing Correct Sheet SizesCredit: Skeffling Lavender FarmUnused French Metis Linen and Cotton Ladderwork SheetsCredit: Skeffling Lavender FarmSizing Antique BedspreadsChoosing the right size bedspread is very similar to choosing sheets. You need bed size, mattress thickness and bed frame height, which should give the height of mattress top to floor. Heights of bed-frame and pillow-top mattresses vary a lot.Measure your mattress-top height, from top of mattress to floor for best results. It only takes a minute and will save you lots of hassle later!Recommendations for comfort and elegant appearanceAdequate length (including fringe) to reach or nearly reach floor at end of bed (roughly 20-30" on top of mattress length), around 24" highAdequate width (including fringe) to reach or nearly reach floor at each side of bed (roughly 40-60" on top of mattress width), around 48" wideBedspread Width = Width of Mattress Top 2 x (Mattress-top height from floor)Bedspread Length = Length of Mattress Top Mattress-top height from floor For smaller style antique woven coverlets or crochet bedspreads that just reach the bed-skirt, use the sheet calculations.You can still buy the smallest coverlets if you like. Smaller coverlets can be used & displayed folded at the foot of an antique bed, or you can use them to snuggle on the couch.Antique Bedspread Sizing TableCredit: Skeffling Lavender FarmLook for the following When Buying Antique Bed Linens OnlineIf the piece you are considering has a "framed" rectangular bed top portion, it will look nicer if the dimensions match your mattress top sizeYou may find more affordable pieces if wear and repairs are acceptable at the foot of the bed and below the dropSome bedspreads are made with no end frill for footed beds, there's no need to add the end drop dimension when calculating required sizeThe cut-out bedspreads for 4 poster beds are still very pretty on a regular bed with no frame, especially the lace onesCheck shipping costs carefully as some bedding can be surprisingly heavy, especially linen and crochetOften "mistakes" or damaged bedlinens are delightful as draperies and curtains. In the folds and drape, appearance of imperfections is minimalHappy Antique Bed Linen Shopping!These are just a guideline to help you online shopping for beautiful quality antique bed linens. It is up to your own taste and needs for you to decide to make a purchase.For those addicted to inexpensive, small antique linen related gifts and ideas, there are some beautiful high quality needle laces, bobbin laces, point laces, padded satin irish linen, madeira work and even the English filet crochet is simple and elegant.I hope this has helped you to shop for antique linen sheets more confidently! For the Christmas and Thanksgiving holidays, it is worth considering antique table linens for a wonderful traditional festive holiday meal. Choosing the correct size for antique tablecloths can be just as simple.
How  Infused Clothing Is Fast Becoming Popular ...
How Infused Clothing Is Fast Becoming Popular ...
Copper is a beautiful red-hued metal that's often used in jewelry and decorative arts, but there's far more to it. This mineral is naturally found in the bodies of plants and animals, where it fights disease and helps cells to develop and survive. It's also one of the most powerful antimicrobials found in nature, killing over 99% of germs upon contact.We need trace amounts of copper in our diet to remain healthy, but the benefits of this miracle metal are also available in the form of copper infused clothing. By incorporating copper ions within the fibers of different materials, we can enjoy antibacterial protection and thermal regulation through simple daily-use items such as socks, underwear, pajamas and even bed linen!Copper-infused clothing and accessories are changing the face of the healthcare industry across various segments. Let's look at 5 areas where the health benefits of copper clothing are most obvious, and why copper-infused products are becoming popular with people who suffer from certain conditions.5 Health and Wellness Benefits of Copper ClothingHere are some of the main ways in which people are benefiting from the health-boosting powers of copper:The Copper Revolution is Spreading across SectorsCopper has been used for contact surfaces in healthcare and food settings for many years now, but it's becoming common in other applications as well. Thanks to modern science and technological innovations, we've been able to harness its benefits in an unbelievable variety of products, and there's plenty more to come!
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